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Part of the autism advocacy organization's latest round of funding will support research aimed at developing protein biomarkers and better animal models.

Three grant types will support clinical, basic, and applied research using genomic and pharmacogenomic approaches, among others.

The company plans to develop and sell an autism risk test for children with older siblings who have already been diagnosed.

According to the grant abstracts, the project is "an unprecedented partnership" between two large-scale sequencing centers — at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Broad Institute — and a network of research labs focused on the genetics of autism, brought together by the Autism Genome Project and the Autism Consortium.

All three projects plan to use high-throughput sequencing to identify variants associated with autism or autism spectrum disorder.

Moving Target: CNVs in Disease

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More and more research is linking CNVs to disease. It's not only changing the way scientists study disease, but also how clinicians diagnose it.

New genetic studies suggest that SNPs and CNVs affecting neuronal cell adhesion — including one SNP that reached genome-wide significance in a large GWAS study — contribute to autism risk.

Quest, whose ClariSure test is based on a bacterial artificial chromosome array, is also considering adopting oligonucleotide array-based platforms sold by companies such as Affymetrix, Agilent Technologies, Illumina, and others.

The Recovery Act funds will fund genomics and biomarker studies for Autism disorders.

BioArray Briefs: 2009.03.24

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The Guardian reports that some UK physicians are calling for increased regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

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